State Representative John L. Bartlett is the state legislator representing Indiana House District 95. He filled a legislative vacancy left by the resignation of Mae Dickinson in late 2007 and was elected in 2008.
A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Rep. Bartlett is a retired tool–and–die maker for the Rolls–Royce Corporation, where he had worked for 42 years.
He is a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School and Martin University. He also attended Ivy Tech.
John started his political career as a precinct committeeman and then went on to serve as a member of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Council. He then served on the Judicial Nominations Commission under Gov. Frank O’Bannon and was appointed to the Public Compensation Advisory Commission by Indiana House Speaker Pat Bauer (D–South Bend). He has also been appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises.
Bartlett is an advisory board member of the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame and established the annual “Indiana Military Veterans Legislative Day that is held at the state house every January.
Rep. Bartlett is the chairman of the Indiana House Democratic Caucus and currently serves on the Indiana House Elections & Apportionment Committee. He is also a member of the Indiana House Employment, Labor & Pensions Committee, and the Government & Regulatory Reform Committee.
Outside of his legislative responsibilities, Rep. Bartlett formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Martin University, from which he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He also serves as president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and is a past president of the Devington Community Development Corporation. He was a founding member of the Sheridan Heights Associations for Neighborhood Enhancement (SHANE), is a past member of the NAACP Executive Committee, and is past chairman of the Civil Rights Council for United Auto Workers Region Three.